Venice City Pass: Prices, Services, Conclusion – Is the pass worth it?

Venice City Pass | St. Mark’s Square with the Basilica di San Marco and the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, the quaint Cannaregio district, the Lido di Venezia, the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, as well as the unique classical Venetian churches, this is how the city traveller imagines his trip to Venice. In addition, perhaps a romantic hotel in the centre of the lagoon city and a comfortable journey to and from the airport. Saving costs in Venice is not easy but by buying a discount card you can still save you a lot of money.

This is especially possible with the Venice City Pass, which includes the cost of the most important and beautiful sights of Venice and the spectacular transport with the typical water buses.

Venice City Pass – Doge’s Palace and public transport

Venice City Pass: Prices, Services, Conclusion - Is the pass worth it?

Here is a short summary of the highlights of the Venice City Pass depending on the equipment:

  • Doge’s Palace
  • Local public transport
  • Visit of 16 churches with the Chorus Pass
  • Airport transfer with Alilaguna water transfer

How much is the Venice City Pass?

Venice City PassDurationPrice*Pass
City Pass
without airport transfer
24 hours51,00 €Book Pass Online
48 hours61,00 €
72 hours71,00 €
City Pass
with airport transfer
24 hours78,00 €Book Pass Online
48 hours88,00 €
72 hours98,00 €

Buy Venice City Pass online

Venice City Pass: Prices, Services, Conclusion - Is the pass worth it?

The easiest and safest way to get the Venice Pass is to buy it directly from the provider mentioned above. One gets a voucher by email that can be exchanged for the pass at the below-mentioned ticket offices.

This discount card can only be purchased at a fixed price. Children from 0-3 years do not pay for anything.

What is included in the price?

AttractionPrice*Ticket
Doge's Palace +
St Mark's Museums
28,00 €Book Online
Chorus Pass13,50 €Book Online
Public transport23,00 /33,00/ 43,00 €Book Online
Optional
Alilaguna transfer27,00 €Book Online

 

Where can the voucher be exchanged?

Please exchange your voucher at one of Alilaguna’s ticket counters in the city: Venice-Tessera Airport boat dock (07:45 – 00:00) Alilaguna ticket office, in front of Giardinetti Reali, San Marco (06:30 – 20:00) Bucintoro Viaggi, Campo San Luca (08:30 – 17:30) Alilaguna ticket office at the station (08:00 – 20:00).

Guests who have booked the Venice City Pass including airport transfers by water with Alilaguna can use the ticket for a return trip from the airport to the centre/Lido of Venice or the cruise terminal with the Blue, Red or Orange Line of Alilaguna. You can use the return trip within 30 days after activation.

Is the Venice City Pass worth it?

Venice City Pass: Prices, Services, Conclusion - Is the pass worth it?

There are of course many answers here, depending on your interests. Those who come for the first time to Venice will surely visit the Piazza San Marco with its museums, the St Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. During a walk through the alleyways of the city and over the numerous canal bridges, the many wonderful churches also belong to the must-see. The entrance to the churches worth seeing is rarely free in Venice.

The many water buses are of course not only the typical means of transport of Venice but also ideal for sightseeing. The arrival and departure can, of course, be done traditionally from the airport ‘Marco Polo‘ by bus to the central bus station and then onward. But the arrival by boat from the airport to the suitable landing stage in Venice or the surrounding area often already makes half the success of the city trip.

Here is an example for 3 nights, Venice City Pass with an airport transfer by water for 48 hours:

AttractionVCP / 48HPassTicket
Doge's Palace
+ Museums
IncludedBook Online28,00 €
Chorus PassIncludedBook Online13,50 €
Public transportIncludedBook Online33,00 €
Airport transfer
Alilaguna
IncludedBook Online27,00 €
Total Price88,00 €101,50€

More information about the Venice City Pass

Venice City Pass: Prices, Services, Conclusion - Is the pass worth it?

Of the two most important sights of Venice, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace, the visit to the Basilica di San Marco is free. Venice without the visit of the Doge’s Palace is hardly imaginable.

In this concern, there is extensive information especially in my two articles Doge’s Palace Visit and Doge’s Palace opening times.

The visits to the museums at the Piazza San Marco that are also included in the price concern the following exhibitions:

Museo Correr – The Municipal Museum of Venice. It is located directly on St. Mark’s Square in the Napoleonic wing of the Procurators Office, the medieval Venetian building authority. The Museum Correr houses a huge collection of books, prints, city maps, paintings and other valuable artefacts, all relating to the history of Venice. From here, one also has a fantastic view of the Piazza San Marco. Those who have some time should, in any case, have a look at it!

National Museum of Archaeology – This museum is one of the oldest in Venice. Opened in the 16th century, today it mainly exhibits ancient and Roman sculptures. Also worth seeing are bronze statues, ceramics and a considerable number of precious stones and coins.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana – Also known as the Library of St. Mark’s is one of the largest libraries in Italy and Europe and has the most important collections of Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts. Jacopo Sansovino was the name of the Florence-born architect of this monumental Renaissance building. Worth seeing alone is the splendidly furnished building with its high-quality furnishings, both inside and out. Works by famous Venetian artists decorate the walls and ceilings.

The opening times of the Museum Correr and the National Archaeological Museum are from November to March from 10:30 to 17:00 and from April to October from 10:00 to 19:00 every day. Closed 25 December and 1 January. The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is open daily from 8:20 – 17:00, Saturdays from 8:20 – 13:30, closed on Sundays and holidays. Additional information in Doge’s Palace opening times.

The ticket for public and local transport, depending on the option booked, 24, 48 or 72 hours, means unlimited use of the so-called Vaporetti, the water buses in Venice, Lido and the lagoon islands. Travel on city buses in Mestre, Marghera and on the mainland is also included.

With the Chorus Pass, you will discover the most beautiful churches of Venice. Especially the interior of these wonderful churches is already a sufficient reason to visit the lagoon city. Unfortunately, the entrance is often not for free. The Chorus Pass includes free entry to the following 16 churches worth seeing:

Santa Maria del Giglio / San Stae / Santo Stefano / Sant’Alvise / Santa Maria Formosa / San Pietro di Castello / Santa Maria dei Miracoli / Santissimo Redentore / S.Giovanni Elemosinario / Santa Maria del Rosario / San Polo / San Sebastiano / Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari / San Giacomo dall’Orio / San Giobbe / San Giuseppe

Already by visiting 3 or 4 churches, the Chorus Pass that is included in the price of the Venice City Pass is already worthwhile.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Venice City Pass

Advantages

  • Doge’s Palace included
  • Romantic airport transfer on the water
  • Local public transport unlimited
  • Simple handling

Disadvantages

  • Time-limited
  • Few free offers

Short summary

Venice remains also here an expensive experience. But if one already has all the important tickets in one’s hand during the arrival, one can straight after the arrival start to walk in the biggest and most beautiful open-air museum in the world. Especially suitable for travellers who visit Venice for the first time.

*All prices mentioned in the article are subject to change. It always counts the current offer of the supplier.

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